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  • Mozart: Così fan tutte / Martinpelto, Hagley, Murray, Streit, Finley, Allen, Rattle
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Mozart: Così fan tutte / Martinpelto, Hagley, Murray, Streit, Finley, Allen, Rattle Import

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (January 21, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002RWW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
When this period-style "Cosi" appeared in 1996, the Gramophone found the mot juste, calling it "aggressively buoyant." The authenticity movement was in full swing in London, and here was Simon Rattle trying to beat Eliot Gardiner and Roger Norrington at their own game. He attacks the music in a manic state, giving it few chances to relax or smile. All the more a pity because his singing cast is considerably better than the one heard on Gardiner's own live performance (DG Arkiv). Anyone who keeps up with the English opera scene will recognize some familiar names:

Così fan tutte,K588.
Hillevi Martinpelto sop Fiordiligi ; Ann Murray sop Despina ; Alison Hagley mez Dorabella ; Kurt Streit ten Ferrando ; Gerald Finley bar Guglielmo ; Thomas Allen bass Don Alfonso

Choir of the Age of Enlightenment; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Simon Rattle

When I first encoutnered this performance I got a headache from Rattle's relentless pace, but on a recent listen I had to admire the energy and vocal polish of the cast, particularly the men. Gerald Finley would go on to fame as Doctor Atomic in John Adams' opera of the same name; Thomas Allen was already the top British baritone -- he gives a funnier, more canny Don Alfonso, however, in a later English-language "Cosi" on Telarc under Mackerras. The stylish German tenor Kurt Streit became a noted Mozart specialist.

As for the women, Rattle picked a relative unknown, Hillevi Martinpelto, as his Fiordiligi, and a Gardiner regular, Alison Hagley, as Dorabella. The two sisters blend nicely, but both give bland portrayals. Vocally they are no match for rivals on the order of Caballe, Janet Baker, Renee Fleming, and Anne-Sophie von Otter, not to mention great singers of an earlier generation.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Edwards on September 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was at this live performance, and later bought the CDset. It is one of the top Cosi's out there, though in the end I might give slight preference to the Jacobs set.

Sitting in the vacant choir seats, it was a treat to watch Rattle who was in a kind of ecstasy of love with the score for 3 hours. You could almost hear the whole opera just by watching his face. The OAE played both beautifully and thrillingly. They have the smoothest articulation of probably any period band, but are not short on fire when called for.

The cast was really outstanding. Thomas Allen made for a hilarious and beautifully sung Alfonso. Occassional vocal insecurities hardly detracted from the wit and beauty of his performance.

Finley's Gugilemo was also outstanding. He really was in his prime here, with a smooth and lovely baritone.

Unfortunately I cannot remember the tenor's name! Tall blonde chap, but he was really super. So often Ferrando gets a sort of docile treatment, but this ferrando really had "fire darting from his eyes" as the score says. Grand heroic singing. Slightly nasal, but still very pleasing voice. Ahh found it now, his name was Kurt Streit.

The women were nearly as good. Martinpelto's Fiordiligi was certainly beautiful. She had the whole place wrapped around her finger. Im not sure she grasped the character so well as say..Gens for Jacobs or Schwarzkopf for Bohm, but it was a very fine and very moving performance.

Hagley was a decent Dorabella though her duets with Fiordiligi did not quite have the immaculate harmony that Gens and Fink manage for Jacobs.

Ann Murray's Despina was the only part I was more neutral towards.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on September 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Lost: One Cosi Fan Tutte

Reward: One Rubber Chicken.

This is what we know of the aforesaid item:

It's a competent provincial performance

There's plenty of applause for the hometown boy.

The conductor is "heavily indebted" to period practitioners Nicky Harnoncourt & Jeggy Gardiner. If he has any innate ideas of his own, they are sprucely hidden.

The cast is respectable enough but no match for the heavy-weights. Thomas Allen is a fine Don Alfonso. Despina-wise, Ann Murray's vocal acting is superb but the voice strains in the upper register.

The strings are so anaemic as to warrant worm-treatment.

Any pathos or repose or Watteau-esque longing is spasmodic at best. Some might say that Mozart, in his wisdom, was commenting sagely on the Venus / Mars battlefield - is it not called the School for Lovers? Perhaps with so much of a focus on stylistic considerations, this dimension was lost along the way . . . .

It comes with a big thick libretto so you can sing along with Sir Simon - if you can keep up with the bugger.

It is most likely to be found on a shelf.

If you come across it, please let me know. The rubber chicken is an equitable exchange.

Until it shows up, I will have to make do with the Bohm '63 Mozart: Così fan tutte ~ Bohm or the Karajan Great Recordings Of The Century - Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Karajan, Schwarzkopf, Merriman, Otto, Simoneau, et al - both of them being mere stopgaps compared with this offering.

No worries.
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